Prosecutor renews charges against Jūrmala mayor over illegal party financing

The Prosecutor General's Office has renewed charges against Jurmala Mayor Gatis Truksnis (Greens and Farmers Union) for alleged illegal financing to the Union of Greens and Farmers, LETA learned from the prosecutor's office.

Prosecutor Māris Leja has completed the probe on a prosecutor's decision of September 5 to close criminal prosecution against an individual for allegedly illegal financing of the Greens and Farmers Union. Leja revoked this decision, sending the case back to criminal prosecution, said Laura Majevska, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office.

The criminal prosecution has been ended based on ungrounded conclusions that illegal financing to the party could be done only with the consent of the party's board members. Truksnis' lawyer Jānis Rozenbergs earlier argued that Truksnis has never been in the party's board or accountancy, therefore he is not responsible for the party's funding.

As reported, the Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has asked the Prosecutor General’s Office bring criminal charges against Jurmala Mayor Gatis Truksnis and businessman Julijs Krumins for illegal financing of the Union of Greens and Farmers on a large scale.

Truksnis is a decidedly scandal-prone and apparently scandal-proof politician who in addition to surviving a number of no-confidence votes in the Jūrmala resort town but has also been fined after the anti-graft police found a needle with traces of cocaine and Truksnis' DNA on it

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